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What is the common name for C6 H12 O6?
- Brett (age 11)
West Lincoln, Brookhaven, MS USA
is the formula for a number of different types of molecule, depending on how those atoms are connected up. One very common and important such molecule has several common names:
"Glucose" , "Dextrose" , "Grape Sugar" , "Blood Sugar"
For a discussion of some of the other molecules with this formula, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C6H12O6
(republished on 07/13/06)
Follow-Up #1: sugar
How can blood sugar be the same as grape sugar?
- Monica (age 14)
Why not? Admittedly, we aren't very close relatives of grape vines, but a lot of basic chemistry is shared by many living things.
(published on 01/13/10)
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